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Thermal Storage Materials Laboratory

In the Energy Systems Integration Facility's Thermal Storage Materials Laboratory, researchers investigate materials that can be used as high-temperature heat transfer fluids or thermal energy storage media in concentrating solar power plants.

Photo of researchers working on high-temperature corrosion evaluations for molten salts.

Key Infrastructure and Services

  • 950 square feet of working space
  • Differential scanning calorimeter (up to 1200°C)
  • Thermal gravimetric analyzer (up to 1100°C)
  • High-temperature rheometer (up to 1100°C)
  • Controlled atmosphere furnace (up to 1100°C)
  • Densitometer
  • Glovebox with high efficiency particulate air filtration
  • Analytical balances and general chemistry supplies

Types of Research

  • Preparation of thermal storage materials that are sensitive to moisture, oxygen or trace gases
  • Evaluation of thermo-physical properties such as melting point, heat fusion, density, viscosity, and thermal stability of candidate materials